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Going, Going ... 5 Signs The Personal Computer May Be On The Way Out

timesfreepress.com: Keyboards? Mice? Disc drives? It may be time to pull the plugs, experts say.
After decades of monopolizing the home computing experience, the desktop PC could be on the way out. Technology experts say the rise of "second screen" devices such as smartphones and tablets represents a fundamental shift toward a "post-PC" or "PC plus" era.

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decrypt1339d ago

High chance this most likely will happen. Desktop PC market will only keep falling, since there is no need to upgrade. Since the last 3-4 years the hardware has been increasingly powerful with software lagging behind.

If anyone bought a CPU like the I7 920 or I5 750 about 4 years back, they dont have a reason to upgrade. Hell even the generations before these were already quite powerful.

Hence it makes sense that a slowdown in the desktop PC market happens. Which if it does happen will be very bad for Microsoft.

Blackdeath_6631339d ago

why would it be bad for microsoft? they make pc software not hardware. its the hardware that is showing a decline and you're right there hasn't been much need for upgrades but this cycle happens all the time. on the other side of thing people are Purchasing/donwloading digitally more than ever before. just because people are not buying pc parts as much does not mean pc's are any less popular or are not being used.

Godmars2901338d ago

I would think that both their attempt to move into the hardware/tablet market while asserting and cementing the market dominance Windows has given them for years should say why its a bad thing.

That with Windows they've been resting on their laurels, where in a bad position with tablets started taking over, and now have to do things like their own hardware and copying Steam to keep up.

Only at the same time are trying to either lock Steam out of the market, or force them to play by MS's rules.

Bigpappy1338d ago

I think windows 8 will need a bit of time for the hardware to fully use its strengths and become more affordable. But, I do believe the Surface pro and some other convertibles, like those by Samsung and Acer, will become hot items next year. HP and Dell also have some touch screen all-in-ones that I think will be the desktops of the future and will be the choice of most PC owners who are not heavy, hardcore gamers.

CaptCalvin1338d ago

Games are being held back by current gen consoles. Just wait until the next generation of consoles roll out. Demand for more powerful hardware will increase.

Dojan1231338d ago (Edited 1338d ago )

I920 is just now starting to show its age with games. Planetside 2 is pushing it hard. I may upgrade over the next 6-8 months.

bumnut1338d ago

Im on an i7 950 and don't have any problems running the latest games, PS2 runs at 50+ fps for me.

ATi_Elite1338d ago

PC sales will slide downward as the technology is really powerful to handle daily task without upgrading for years.....unless some new fancy service comes out that requires MOAR POWAH!

PC manufactures will have to focus on China, India, Brazil, and other rapidly developing nations for PC sales. There still is a strong demand for PC's Globally as not yet everyone has one yet!

Tablets/Slates are powerful enough for casual PC use but there will always be a need for Desktops and Workstations for Corporations and Small businesses.

Microsofts Surface really has a chance to revolutionize the industry as it's a slate/laptop but MS needs to go all out with it before Apple makes something similar and take MS thunder cause Apple knows how to Market better than MS.

Everyone is hyping up the cloud this the cloud that but as a PC Gamer I want to RENDER my games locally cause that's the way I like my gaming experience so to quote Neo "I need Hardware...lots and lots of hardware!

Klonopin1338d ago

The first line you wrote is starting to wear out it's luster. Be more original.

rainslacker1338d ago

Yeah, I know I really enjoy working with high poly models and productivity software such as Visual Studio on my iPad. /s

There may be a shift in the general consumer when it comes to computing, but desktops will still play a major part in the computing industry for a long time to come. Cloud services may give way to a more terminal based structure, but they aren't really effective in the home, and have other drawbacks, and some people like the customization of being able to upgrade a PC without having to rebuy a whole machine.

As far as MS, they could actually see a boon in software sales if they work the market properly. They are first and foremost a software company, and their biggest money makers are office, server, and productivity software. There is also nothing preventing them from making a non-PC based OS, and they already do with Windows Phone OS. All the things which they currently profit off of will still be required regardless of the platform.

DA_SHREDDER1338d ago

I don't like the pc cause it's too easy to get viruses and getting your whole pc sabotaged. It's not about the graphics, or capabilities, it's about the software, and it just so happens my favorite franchises are first party titles, from mario to killzone , motorstorm to mario kart,

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Prototype1338d ago

After reading the article, I'd say PC is evolving more than just "out the door." Where something was mandatory at one point is now an option - if even needed anymore. The whole Smartphone/Tablet phase is more geared towards a certain demographic than someone who's looking for a desktop/notebook replacement all together.

If anything I want the option of Windows, Linux, and Mac on PC's rather than just Windows or Mac pc's with the occasional "Linux" option as a dual boot or tablet.

Conzul1338d ago

Yes, desktops will never disappear entirely for the developer/mmo crowd. But tablets have stolen much of PC's thunder amongst the casuals.

pandehz1338d ago (Edited 1338d ago )

Personal Computing will always exist, it just might not be on a desktop in the future.

I dont have a desktop and do everything on my Alien.

Eventually we will see dekstop level of performance across the board on all devices. Just the way Computers used to be the size of entire rooms, its counterpart is the desktop. Those roomsized computers faded away and so will desktops as ppl are always on the move, living in rent, travelling, changing rooms, etc etc so many examples.

Also the tech being made with low power efficiency and smaller die chips means computers will be on the go. Maybe the age old concepts of wearable computers may just happen soon.

What will NEVER change tho is the concept of personal computing. It's part of our lifestyle. We want full control of many elements in our work and lives. Some things we are ok with automation but many things like work, finances etc we would like to have full control and not managed by another entity.

Moncole1338d ago

Games always sell the most on PC. Robot Entertainment said OMD2 is not on xbox because OMD did amazing on PC and horrible on xbox.

NYC_Gamer1338d ago

I don't believe PC will ever be dead as these so called experts claim

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